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WorldCat Discovery release notes, 27 February 2024


Release Date: February 27, 2024


The following release notes are for the FEBRUARY 27, 2024 release of WorldCat Discovery.

WorldCat Discovery February Release Highlights 

This release of WorldCat Discovery includes the following enhancement as well as bug fixes:

  • Access a streamlined Report a Broken Link form

New features and enhancements

Access a streamlined Report a Broken Link form

This release includes the following fixes to the “report a broken link” form and its associated email notification based on your feedback:

  • A streamlined form removing the "Send me the correct link to the resource if it's available" checkbox dependency. 
  • The sender's information is included in the body of the email so you can respond quickly.

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When a patron submits the form, WorldCat Discovery sends separate email notifications to the email address that the patron entered on the form as well as to the email address that you have configured for your library in OCLC Service Configuration > WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local > ILS Support and Maintenance > User Support > Report a Broken Link Form.

The body of the email notification includes all data collected in the “report a broken link” form (Name / Email / Message) so your staff can respond quickly.

As part of OCLC’s work to standardize email notifications, messages generated by the form now come from <notices@e.worldcat.orginstead of

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Bug fixes

Users can now place a hold on a journal volume held in print when viewing the item details of an article within it

When viewing the item details of an article from a journal that your library holds in print, users can now successfully place a hold on the volume that contains it. Previously the message ‘Ineligible for place hold. No pick up locations available’ was displayed.

Government and educational open access links now honor MARC 856 $7 values

If a record contains MARC 856 $7 with a value of 1, the access status of this networked electronic resource is “Restricted access.” With this release, WorldCat Discovery now honors the $7 value of 1 in records for government and educational documents.

If your library has configured the display of “Links from WorldCat record 856 and 956 to open access content / free content” for “Government and Educational documents” in OCLC Service Configuration > WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local > Full Text and Open Access Links > WorldCat Discovery Search Results and Detailed Views > Primary Links, WorldCat Discovery no longer considers such records open access if they contain MARC 856 $7 with a value of 1. It no longer displays their MARC 856 $u URLs as primary links on search results or item details.

These links will only display as Other Links on the item details page if your library has selected the configuration option to display “Links from the WorldCat record 856 to non-open access content / non-free content.”

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New content

This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery and since our last update.

You can enable these databases as search options in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.

Below is a list of new database names and providers for reference. The complete list of databases is available here.

Available in WorldCat Discovery and

From American Medical Association
JAMA Network - AMA Network brings JAMA® together with JAMA Network Open™ and 11 specialty medical journals to offer enhanced access to the research, reviews, and perspectives shaping medicine today and into the future.

Available in WorldCat Discovery 

From Adam Matthew Digital

Africa and the New Imperialism - The most extensive resource covering Africa in the age of new imperialism; a major period of colonial expansion that sent shockwaves throughout the continent, the effects of which are still felt today.

American in World War Two - Explore extensive collections sourced from The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, to uncover the many facets of American involvement in World War Two.

Broadcasting America - Explore the history of twentieth century broadcasting in America through the business decisions and innovations that led media corporations to transform radio from a one-to-one communication tool to a means of broadcasting information and ideas to the masses.

Conflict in Indochina - The resource, part of the Archives Direct suite drawn from The National Archives, UK, provides comprehensive coverage of the key events during the War in Vietnam, and the wider impact on Laos and Cambodia.

Foreign Office Files for China, 1930-1937 - Formerly restricted British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1930 and 1937.

Life at Sea - Explore three centuries of life at sea through the individual histories of ships’ crews during the Age of Sail and into the era of steam.

Victorians on Film - Showcasing the British Film Institute’s Victorian Film Collection and the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection, Victorians on Film provides a glimpse into the lives of the late Victorians and Edwardians captured by some of Britain’s earliest film pioneers and innovators.

Important links

Product website

More product information can be found here.

Support website(s)

Support information for this product and related products can be found at:

If you have additional questions, please contact OCLC Customer Service by calling 1-800-848-5800 or 1-614-793-8682 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET, or email For support enquiries in the UK and Ireland, please contact the Support Desk by calling +44-(0)114-281 60 42 or e-mailing Support is available between the hours of 09:00 and 17:30 (UK Time).


Include Request ID with problem reports

When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting.


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